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UCP appoints 3 new members to Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council

Last week, the Alberta lieutenant governor approved the appointments of 3 persons to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council. Two of them are connected to over $100,000 in political donations.

Last week, the Alberta lieutenant governor approved the appointments of 3 persons to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council.

  • Stanley Church
  • Patricia Henderson
  • Julie Stitt

Stanley Church is a partner with the Calgary-based Beaumont Church LLP. He also spent several decades as a cattle breeder and has been president of the Canadian Simmental Association and the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association, as well as a director of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. He was once vice-chair of the South Saskatchewan Regional Advisory council. Since 2005, Church has donated over $52,000.00 to political entities:

YearEntityAmount
2005Foothills-Rockyview PC constituency$1,000.00
2008Ted Morton election campaign$1,000.00
2011Wildrose Party$2,300.00
2012Foothills-Rockyview PC constituency$1,000.00
2013Wildrose Party$1,000.00
2014Wildrose Party$1,000.00
2015Wildrose election campaign$7,000.00
2017PC Party$750.00
Alberta Advantage Fund (PAC)$5,000.00
United Conservative Party$2,300.00
Jason Kenney PC leadership campaign$4,250.00
2018UCP$1,700.00
Shaping Alberta’s Future (PAC)$20,000.00
2019UCP$4,000.00

There have also been several political donations made in the name of his spouse, Susan: $2,300.00 to the Wildrose in 2011, $1,000.00 to the Foothills-Rockyview PC constituency in 2012; $1,000.00 to the PC party in 2013; $850.00 to Kenney’s PC leadership campaign in 2017; and $4,000.00 to the UCP in 2019, as well as $4,000 to the UCP’s election campaign last year.

Through his own donations and those under his spouse’s name, Church is connected to over $65,000 in donations to the PC, Wildrose, and United Conservative parties.

Patricia Henderson owns a small cattle operation near Cochrane and is on the board of directors for the UFA. I could find no records of political donations for Henderson.

Julie Stitt is a freelance consultant in Airdrie specializing in animal health and food safety, but she spent a decade as executive director of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency. Her spouse, Doug, was a veterinarian for over 30 years but has been a director with Nottingham Midstream since 2014. One of the directors—Gale Stitt—happens to share a last name with Doug. In fact, Doug’s middle name happens to be Gale. Since 2004, Doug’s co-director, Gale, and Gale’s spouse, Edith, have donated $44,700 to the PC, Wildrose, and United Conservative parties.

Board members are elgible for the following remuneration

  • $150 for each period up to and including 4 hours
  • $265 for each period 4–8 hours
  • $390 for each period over 8 hours

They’re also entitled to paid travelling and living expenses.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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